NTSB Identification: CEN14LA192
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Wednesday, April 09, 2014 in Littlefield, TX
Aircraft: AEROTRIKE SAFARI, registration: N678TW
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed. NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

On April 9, 2014, about 0830 central daylight time, an Aerotrike Safari experimental light sport aircraft, N678TW, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain after takeoff from runway 19 (4,021 feet by 60 feet, asphalt) at the Littlefield Taylor Brown Municipal Airport (LIU), Littlefield, Texas. The pilot sustained fatal injuries. The aircraft was registered to and operated by the pilot under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 as a personal flight. Day visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight, which was operated without a flight plan. The local flight was originating at the time of the accident.

The LIU airport manager stated that he found the aircraft about 0850 shortly after he had arrived at the airport that morning. It had come to rest about 200 feet off the left side of runway 19. He did not observe any portion of the accident flight and was uncertain of the exact time of the accident. He noted that the pilot had purchased the aircraft about three weeks before the accident.

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